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Quick Facts

Red Table Mountain Road

Beginning Elevation: 8,280 Feet (2581.0 Meters) right turn after Cottonwood Pass
Difficulty: Easy to Difficult easy until the FAA towers, then rough, four-wheel drive road
Difficulty: Easy to FAA Towers rough four-wheel drive after towers
Elevation Gain: 2,920 Feet (910.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,200 Feet (3491.3 Meters) Mt. Thomas Trailhead
Length: 17 Miles (28.33 Kilometers)
Usage: Moderate

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General Description

Red Table Mountain from the Fryingpan Valley
Copyright: Zander Higbie - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Red Table Mountain from the Fryingpan Valley
Red Table Road travels through dense conifer forests and open, high alpine meadows. There are spectacular 360 degree views once you reach the ridge line.

The road is accessible by two-wheel drive, high-clearance vehicles until users reach the FAA radar and radio beacon. From there the road becomes rougher and a four-wheel drive is necessary. The road follows a ridge line to the Mt. Thomas Trailhead (trail #1870). One mile before the trailhead it turns downhill and becomes road #425, which follows Red Creek to road #412 to Gypsum. This portion is suited only for short wheel based, high clearance, four-wheel drive vehicles and EXPERIENCED OFF-ROAD DRIVERS. Users should turn left at the fork to follow road #425. Access to Crooked Creek Pass and Eagle is obtainable from Road #412. Users can also gain access to the Ruedi Trail #1912 from the top of Red Tables Road. Follow Red Tables Road to its end to get to the trailhead for Mt. Thomas.

Directions from Carbondale: From Carbondale travel east on Highway 82 to El Jebel. Turn left at the stoplight and follow the road past Spring Park Reservoir. Turn left at the for after the reservoir. In two miles turn right at the fork following the sign to Cottonwood Pass. After the pass, turn right on to the Red Tables Road (Forest Road #514).

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through September (NOTE: Snow may obstruct the road during the Spring and Fall months.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cross-country Skiing Red Table Road
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Red Table Four-Wheel Drive Road
ICON Hiking & Walking Mt. Thomas Trail, Reudi Overlook Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Red Table Road
ICON Mountain Biking Red Table Road
ICON ATV Riding Red Table Road
ICON Motorcycle Riding Red Table Road

Related Activities
Mt. Thomas Trail - The views of the Fryingpan and Eagle Valley are fantastic. This trail makes an excellent loop trail connecting with Reudi Trail #1912. It is a very challenging and long trip.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, 1102 Grand Ave. , Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601, Phone: 888-4GLENWOOD, www.glenscape.com


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